Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 210122

I’m not one to watch a lot of television and I really don’t have many celebrities that I follow or admire.  But there is one popular fellow, and a Canadian at that, who I do like.  And it is specifically … Continue reading

Mushroom Rice

Recipe This is one of those recipes that I make often but don’t have an exact recipe for. Rice accompanies many dishes, and I love mushrooms in almost everything; but you can of course omit them if you are not … Continue reading

Could America’s Far-Right Attack On Democracy Spread North? Sorry, It’s Already Here!

Watching the vicious insurgency by a ragtag army of angry fools despoiling Washington’s seat of democracy was the most frightening television footage I have ever watched. My heart went out to 78 million Americans who just voted for President Joe … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Canadians have a right to know about vaccine supplies

Production delays are directly affecting Canada’s anticipated delivery of vaccines, calling into question the government’s timeline for distribution, and confirming the belief that we should have negotiated the ability to produce doses domestically.  The problems emerged in early January when … Continue reading

This Column And This Newspaper — Now You See Us, Now You…

Please, humour me. At this moment you’re holding up your local newspaper about to read this column. Now put the paper down but raise your hands to where they were a moment ago. What do you see? The other side … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Changes to long term care overdue

People in congregate living settings, such as those in long term care residences have every right to wonder why more wasn’t done to ensure their safety in the aftermath of the first wave of Covid-19. While governments may have lurched … Continue reading

Hamburger Soup

Recipe This is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It’s great made ahead of time, budget friendly, reheats and freezes well. The ultimate comfort food served during the winter with a crusty … Continue reading

In 2020 COVID-19 Disproportionately Infected The Words Of Women.

“COVID! COVID! COVID!” yelled President Donald Trump when the virus was getting more media attention than he was. (Then he slapped Giuliani in the back of the head and screamed: “Mommy! Mommy! Rudy hit me first!”) The word ‘Bizarro’ does … Continue reading

Ham and Cheese Asparagus Rolls

Recipe We had these tasty appetizers on New Year’s Eve and I almost ate the whole platter by myself. They are easy to prepare, have a delicious flavour and are impressive when served! I think they would also be wonderful … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ column – Can preparedness become politically desirable?

When historians examine the events that helped shape the Covid-19 pandemic they will have to look at the role that budget cuts and privatization played in Canada’s ability to respond.  While market forces were prioritized in the years and decades … Continue reading